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“Perfect, if only you could choose your neighbours!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bungalows Dona Rosa
2.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Avenida Alemania 23, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain   |  
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London, England
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Perfect, if only you could choose your neighbours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

No point in re-stating all the good points already made by previous reviewers. The Dona Rosa is a class above what you'd ordinarily expect and stands out from the crowd in terms of cleanliness, facilities, location etc.

Spent six fabulous days lounging by the pool in the company of a (mainly) German & Scandinavian clientèle. Some young, some old, all respectful of each others entitlement to a relaxing holiday. House rules like keeping music down ( i.e. not audible much beyond your own terrace ) and coming and going quietly in the evenings were scrupulously adhered to. Suppers out on the terrace or drinks before heading off to one of the local restaurants were an absolute pleasure.

Seventh day ruined for virtually everybody by the arrival of a troupe of drunken Spaniards with learning difficulties, a ghetto-blaster and no qualms about subjecting the neighbourhood to their taste in music. ( It wasn't actually all bad, but, you know, I like to have a choice... )

ANYWAY, if we'd been staying more than one further night we'd have asked to move to the other half of the complex. The trouble would have been that I think that everybody else would have done too ;-) I wonder whether the management would have had the good sense to move them on...

Not as cheap as some of the bungalow complexes in the neighbourhood, but you get 24 hour air-con included in the price ( and that is charged by meters @ 1Euro per 90 minutes nearby ) a generous supply of good quality towels (but bring your own beach/pool towel along) a fairly well equipped kitchen (bring your own chef's knife if you want anything sharp!)

The bus stop @ the Commercial Centre CITA is a stone's throw away with an hourly service to / from the airport that's actually quicker than the communal transfer coaches that stop at every hotel along the way.

Room Tip: Rooms that back on to the street at the rear of the property are said to suffer from traffic noise a...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Brussels
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We stayed for 10 days in the off-season and were very impressed by the location, cleanliness, calm, space of our accommodation and the efficiency of the staff. We had two large bedrooms and a fair-sized kitchen in a comfortable bungalow. The bungalows are sitated round the pool. What luxury to stap off the terrace directly into the water. Previously, we have stayed in hotels and were rather wary of self-catering holidays. However, the greater space and not being subject to strict hotel dining hours were a definite plus. Furthermore the accommodation is conveniently situated for the beach and there is wifi access throughout.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We stayed in Dona Rosa Bungalows 5 days in the end of april 2012. We were 4 friends (27-36y). The bungalows are nice, 2 bedrooms (in total 4 single beds), kitchen, decent shower, own terrace, free wifi and clean swimming pool. Near to the beach (Dune de Maspalomas) and to the Yumbo Center (10 minutes walking), 2 minutes from supermarket and CITA center. There is also free parking. The only bad this was the bad smell from the bathroom... 70€ for night for 4 person!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hertfordshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We went to Bungalows Dona Rosa, booked with Travel Republic, the first 2 weeks in August last year. Flew RyanAir which we were dreading, but it was all good. We arranged our taxi transfer through Sky Transfers and that was perfect and only about 25 minutes transfer time.

We arrived at Dona Rosa evening time and were shown to our lovely villa. It couldn't have been more perfect. 2 bedrooms, separate little kitchen, comfortable lounge area (the settee can be used as a single bed if you take the back cushions off), and good bathroom. The villas are arranged in a 'figure 8' layout. The reception in in the middle and each side of the '8' has 20 villas which are around 2 pools. You can see this if you look on Google Earth. The villas are cleaned and beds made almost every day (i think there were 2 days of no maids) and you get clean towels and tea towels. Beds were changed once or twice through the holiday. (Take your own pool towels though).
The kitchen only has a 2 ring hob and a toaster and a microwave but this was perfectly adequate. BUT there is no kettle! You do get a coffee pot thing but they had no idea when I asked for a kettle! There's plenty of pots and pans though so we just boiled enough water in a saucepan for a couple of cups of tea every time. In fact is was quicker than waiting for a kettle to boil! The tap water was fine to boil for tea/coffee.
We quickly got our bearings and located the Cita Centre which was a 5 minute walk and has 2 supermarkets, loads of shops and loads of restaurants.
After stocking up (expensive euro though) we turned in for the night.

We had 14 nights of beautiful weather, about 28 degrees every day. None of that awful Lanzarote wind here! You open your patio door onto your own patio which has a table and 4 chairs. 10 strides from the patio and you're in the pool! Wonderful.
This is just what we love. Each villa has 3 sunbeds allocated to it, with the villa number written on them so no-one can take them. There are also lots of 'free' yellow sunbeds for anyone, we had 4 sunbeds all holiday.
It is so perfect for families. You can take drinks, food etc out to your sunbed. Its so close you can talk through the kitchen window!
Our villa was at the deep end of the pool so it was great for our 2 kids (age 13 & 7) for diving. It says no inflatables in the pool but everyone did! There's also a kids pool at the other end. All around the pool is astroturf which is lovely and soft to walk on but beware, it does get incredibly hot to walk on!

Out and about there's the Cita Centre I've mentioned, there's the Jumbo Centre which is a 15 minute walk away and all the beach restaurants 15 minutes the other way.
The Jumbo Centre is massive. It's full of restaurants and the usual tacky gift shops over 3 levels. Be aware, this is the gay capital and my kids eyes were well and truly opened by what they saw! There are also posters for 'late night clubs' everywhere with rather explicit names! In saying that, it's a great buzzing place.
The sand dunes are directly behind the Dona Rosa and they are huge. They get red hot so only attempt to walk on them early morning or in the evening! You walk along a promenade to get to the beach restaurants - there are loads. Mainly pizza, pasta, steak etc and 2 fab Chinese's where you can eat all you want for a really good price. Kids loved those. The only drawback here is you are constantly pestered by the waiters as you walk through, trying to get you into their restaurants. It becomes a real pain after a couple of visits and you feel like telling them to bog off!
The beach here has loads of sunbeds. They charge 2.50 euros per sunbed and 2.50 euros per umbrella. Red hot sand so a sunbed is a neccessity! We all prefer the pool though so we spent most of our time at the villa.

We went on a boat trip to see dolphins, eat lunch etc. A great day but it was expensive. The kids jumped in the sea off the boat, went on the banana boat but we didn't see dolphins!
The market is a 5 minute taxi drive away and sold the usual stuff. My son bought a 'rolex' but it doesn't work particularly well!
We went to the Go Carting, that was good. A small track but good fun.
Everywhere you need to get to is only a short taxi drive away. Most journeys cost no more than 5 euros so you really don't need to hire a car unless you fancy driving out into the island.

A word of warning - we were caught by a timeshare guy who gave out scratch cards. Being a sucker I got reeled in big time!! Amazingly I won(!!!) and we had to go to a 'wonderful resort' called Anfi Beach where we awould spend a great day using all their amenities. No mention of timeshare at this point. Free cab there and back. But my husband twigged and had the right hump that I'd agreed to go! We all piled in taxi on the promise of lots of food and a wonderful day. Even the cab driver agreed we were mugs! We got there, saw there was a tiny sandwich after a 2-3 hour grand tour and got the next cab back! You live and learn!!

Back to my title - No English! This is a very Spanish resort. My daughter made friends with a little girl next door who went to an English school so she could speak to us. We were told that the same families come here every year and spend the whole summer holiday here. They tend to live in the city so they all drive there. There were a few Dutch families and a few German families but more English would have made it perfect. Luckily my daughter became one of quite a gang of small kids but my older son had no-one to be with apart from us, so keep that in mind.

Dona Rosa Bungalows are very safe and secure. You enter the resort via locked gates which you get a key for. There is a back gate which is handy but they lock this at 7pm.
The reception sells basics: water, rolls, lollies etc and Miguel speaks reasonable English. The kids were made to feel really comfortable in there as they ran in & out and generally mucked around. There is a computer in there too which you pay a few euros to use.
The windows in the villas are quite high and they are double glazed with bars on the outside - fantastic security. We backed onto the carpark and this gets a bit noisy Friday/Saturday nights with the local teenagers. So we just closed our windows those nights and put the air conditioning on which was absolutely fine. The air conditioning is activated by a box on the wall which you just poke your key thing into and leave on.
The villa has loads of satellite tv channels but only 2 in English. BBC World news and a film channel showing old very 'mans' films like cowboys or Terminator! But you can get WiFi in the villa and around the pool so take your laptop or iphone and you'll be fine!

We found a beautiful restaurant upstairs in the Cita where the old chef cooks a flambe steak in front of you. Beautiful food and fabulous service. Only 8.50 euros for a big dinner. We went 3 times! He has a parrot that wanders out the front too!
We didn't bother with the water park as it's expensive so can't comment on that.
All in all a really lovely holiday and if you're looking for a central location, quite low key and relaxing and you're happy with your own company then this is for you.

Room Tip: They are all good, around the pool but try not to back onto the car park!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jakobstad
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

Nice place heated pool, two large bedrooms, nice own terrace, free internet, quiet at night, close to everything beach, shoping center, thanks to the friendly staff, can recommend this place for all, go there

Fint ställe uppvärmd pool , två stora sovrum , fin egen terrass , gratis internet , lugnt på kvällarna , nära till allt stranden och shoping center , stort tack till den vänliga personalen , Kan rekommendera denna plats åt alla , åk dit

Room Tip: All rooms are fine !!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Single gay guy looking a quiet space for a few days, with modern bungalow, kitchen, decent shower, pool that is warm enough to enjoy. Free wi fi, no fighting for sun loungers.
Beach 2 mins away, cita with supermarkets and quick stop cafes 100m away. Yumbo, bout 10 mins walk - though I was lazy and taxied as its only 3€.
Yes it is mostly german over 50, but a few family's and a few other gays. Im 41 and it worked great for me.
It was helped by the location of my bungalow. Some at the end look like they never get the sun on their terrace... I was lucky and had it from 10am till night fall. Ask for 214 - 220.
Loved it. Dont want to go home.

Room Tip: ask for a room close and over looking the pools. 214 - 220 get the full sun until the evening. The...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vaxholm, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011 via mobile

Very good value for the money. Quite close to beach, shopping and restaurants. Bungalows are nice and pool area clean with nice sunbeds connected with each bungalow. Staff very friendly and keen on solving occuring problems.
We are more than satisfied and taking the price intonthe equation makes even more satisfied.
/ Family with to teenagers

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Alemania 23, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Playa del Ingles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Playa del Ingles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bungalows Dona Rosa 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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